This book argues that sustainable energy development represents a new frontier for many transitional economies, including those countries that are well endowed with traditional energy resources, as exemplified by the case of Uzbekistan in Central Asia.
The book highlights the challenges and issues faced by the energy sector in countries which are undergoing a transition from government-led economic models to open market economies. Using Uzbekistan as a case study, the book demonstrates these challenges, as well as opportunities of being part of an increasingly interconnected global market, to show how governments can ensure inclusive economic growth and build pathways toward sustainable development by deploying renewable energy sources (RES). By applying the Quadruple Bottom Line strategy as a conceptual framework to evaluate social, economic, and environmental benefits and governance as a key dynamic component, the book includes recommendations for implementing a transition strategy to renewable energy consumption for developing countries and offers insights into ways of dealing with government policy in post-Soviet countries.
Presenting a holistic approach to promoting RES deployment in Uzbekistan and elsewhere, this book will be of interest to researchers interested in energy transition in developing countries, development economics, Central Asian politics, and the management of natural resources and climate-change issues.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reconciling Energy, the Environment and Sustainable development in Central Asia 1. "Uzbek" Model of Economic Development and Energy Resources 2. Uzbekistan and its energy sector 3. RES Development in Uzbekistan: a Shift from Passive to Proactive Deployment Policy 4. The Challenges of RES Deployment in Uzbekistan: Analysis of Local Discourses 5. Feasibility Study of Hybrid Wind-Solar Stand-Alone Energy Systems Using HOMER software 6. Socio-Economic Impact of the Deployment of Renewable Energy Sources 7. Conclusion: Green Growth, a New Frontier for Development?
Nigora Djalilova is a research associate at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.